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Hospital receives Psychologically Healthy Workplace award for safe patient handling program

St. Luke’s, Duluth, Minn., will receive Best Practice Honors for its safe patient handling program at the American Psychological Association’s eighth annual Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards ceremony tomorrow in Washington, D.C. Best Practice Honors recognize a single program or policy that contributes to a psychologically healthy work environment and meets the unique needs of the […]

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FDA recommends change in natural rubber latex labeling to prevent allergic reactions

To avoid giving a false sense of security to healthcare workers and others who are allergic to natural rubber latex (NRL), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that manufacturers of FDA-regulated medical products stop using statements on labels such as “latex-free” or “does not contain latex.” A draft guidance document published today in […]

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Stakeholder collaboration holds promise for healthcare cost management

Innovative healthcare organizations recognize the dual role they play as both providers and employers. Meanwhile, providers need to engage in collaborative conversations with other employers in their communities, third-party administrators and health plans. For their part, employers are encouraged to ask certain critical questions, according to Healthy Employees, Lower Premiums and Costs, a new report […]

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It’s National Patient Safety Awareness Week

Medication safety and healthcare culture and safety are the focus of Patient Safety Awareness Week, with corresponding events scheduled throughout the week ending March 9. The broader theme of the campaign sponsored by the National Patient Safety Foundation is Patient Safety 7/365: 7 days of recognition, 365 days of commitment to safe care. The foundation’s […]

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HeLP America Act would support comprehensive workplace wellness programs

The Healthier Lifestyles and Prevention America Act (HeLP America) introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-IA, includes wellness provisions in a broad range of areas including tax incentives for companies that offer comprehensive workplace wellness programs to their employees. As proposed, it would allow employers to deduct the cost of athletic facility memberships for their employees […]

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New study finds troublesome gaps in occupational health & safety sustainability reporting

A study released this week by the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) reveals troublesome gaps and a lack of transparency in sustainability reporting. The study, Current Practices in Occupational Health and Safety Sustainability Reporting, also raises concerns about ranking methodology. Some highly rated corporations reported more than 10 work‐related fatalities in a year […]

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State comparisons shed light on workers’ compensation medical costs, utilization

CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks, 13th Edition, a newly released set of studies, examines medical care cost drivers in 16 state workers’ compensation systems, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) announced today. The annual report compares medical prices, payments and utilization for similar work-related injuries by provider and service type. States in the study – Arkansas, California, […]

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